After sating the glamour itch I had for the Neo-Ishgardian Top of Striking, I got a little bit more responsible and picked up the Scouting body piece from the cycle, since Ninja is the one DPS I’m most likely to play compared to all the others (when I’m not tanking, anyway, which is admittedly most of the time these days). Much of my initial reservations about the Neo-Ishgardian gear centered around the Scouting set, though, and I wasn’t sure I would be able to put together a glamour using it.
I still wanted to try, though—I can’t help but enjoy running through glamour cycles in this way, and the completionist in me hates to leave some role or another out of the cycle. If that was going to happen in this case, it was almost certainly going to happen to Ninja. The Neo-Ishgardian Top of Scouting packs tons of my glamour peeves into one item—puffy sleeves, a nonsensical (for a Ninja) long train, and a frustrating dyeing pattern—and I wasn’t sure I could make things work.
Glamour Components (Requirements: NIN 80, Female)
Weapon: Neo-Ishgardian Daggers
Head: Reading Glasses (Ul Brown)
Body: Neo-Ishgardian Top of Scouting
Hands: Augmented Torrent Armguards of Scouting (Midnight Blue)
Legs: Faire Kohakama (Mole Brown)
Feet: Ishgardian Thighboots (Loam Brown)
My first and foremost task was to figure out what to do about the top’s puffy sleeves. Long gloves are as ever a rare sight in FFXIV, and Ninja has some of the most limiting options, in my mind. My first inclination, as ever, was to go with the Replica Allagan Gauntlets of Striking, given that their gold elements would match with the same on the neck of the top. Initially, it seemed to make the most sense to go for a black and gold look alongside them. The top’s dyeing pattern strongly darkens the skirt, though, and I really didn’t want to be drawing attention to it in that way.
That led me instead to consider the top’s original color scheme instead, which does have a rather nice blue to work with. Midnight Blue seemed to be the best match, and so I shifted to that for the gauntlets. From there, it was Ishgardian Boots and No.2 Type B Bottoms in Jet Black, to pair with the black leather on the gauntlets. I left things like that for a few days, but truthfully, the look wasn’t sitting right with me.
The heavy emphasis on black clashed with the browns of the top, which make up a large part of the ensemble especially because of the long train on the body piece. On top of that, the Allagan Gauntlets felt far too heavy overall, since the top itself doesn’t have any armored elements, but I wasn’t sure what else to use in their stead. I thought the Karasu Tekko might work, but I’ve never much been a fan of the way they dye, and the Shire Emissary’s Gloves felt far too chunky to work. Though they aren’t perfect, I eventually settled on the Torrent Armguards, since cloth arm wear seemed overall a better fit than anything else did.
After that, to better incorporate the rest of the brown of the top into the full look, I shifted to Loam Brown for the boots, along with taking a page from my Neo-Ishgardian tank glamour and using the Faire Kohakama again. The final result is probably the Neo-Ishgardian look I’m least satisfied with so far, but Ninja’s options for what I want are a bit too limited. Future gear can always make things better, but for now, this feels like the best direction I could take things.
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